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South African fantasy: Identity and spirituality

Anastasia Apostolides
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3255 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3255 | © 2016 Anastasia Apostolides | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 November 2015 | Published: 19 August 2016

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Anastasia Apostolides, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


South African society is grappling with the challenges of post-apartheid expectations within a ‘rainbow nation’. As a result of this rainbow nation, many people have to deal with fragmented identities and spiritualities. This can be particularly true for adolescents who are living out their lives in multicultural schools with multiple discourses. In this article, it will be argued that fantasy narratives, especially those written by South African writers from a South African context, may help heal the fragmented identities and spiritualities of school-going adolescents.


South Africa; Fantasy; Adolescents; Fragmented identity; spaces of the imagination


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